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Panasonic DMC-FZ20 Aperture Query

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by JayCee, Jul 11, 2005.

  1. JayCee

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    I bought this on the spur of the moment on holiday in Florida.
    I did not know it's full specs but was aware it generally gets very good reviews.
    I was not aware at the time I bought it that its smallest aperture is f8.

    Do you think this is going to be a problem/drawback for shots where I am going for maximum depth-of-field such as landscapes etc?
     
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    Compact actually give good depth of field. I doubt you'll have any problems at all
     
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    It's getting shallow DOF that you'll struggle with. Because the focal lengths on compacts (real not equivelent) are much smaller than 35mm and DSLR's f8 will give a very small aperture (aperture diameter =focal length/fstop).

    Therefore you'll get as good depth of field on a compact at f8 as you'd probably get using a DSLR at maybe f16 or f22 (just a guess - not worked it out)

    On the other side of the coin the diameter of the aperture at F2.8 on a compact would be nowhere near as big as F2.8 on a DSLR so you can't get anywhere near as shallow DOF.

    That's my understanding of it anyway - of course I could be completely wrong ;)

    Excellent camera BTW. I'm sure you won't be dissapointed.

    Matt.
     
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    The proof of the pudding.......and all that, I'll just need to start using it seriously and see what it can do.
    Thanks Matt and Sean. :smashin:
     

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